The Japanese lawmakers passed a package of security bills despite nationwide rallies and accusations that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is using it as a pretext to involve the country in international armed conflicts.
According to various estimates, up to 40,000 citizens have gathered outside the Japanese parliament building Friday to protest against the controversial law.
According to the bill, the purpose is to defend allied countries even if Japan is not directly attacked. It will also abolish a set of restrictions for military to participate in UN-led missions across the world.
In Japan, a recent Kyodo poll has revealed that 46.4 percent of the population is against the political course conducted under Shinzo Abe’s cabinet, with 43.2 percent supporting it.